'The Sing-Off': Jewel is a judge, Nick Lachey returns

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"The Sing-Off" will return for its Season 4 on NBC with a new judge: singer-songwriter Jewel will join the three-person judging panel. The singing competition will return to its original format for the upcoming season, airing as a holiday special later in 2013.

Jewel takes the place of Season 3 judge Sarah Bareilles (who in turn replaced Nicole Scherzinger) and will sit alongside returning artists Ben Folds and Shawn Stockman. Host Nick Lachey is also returning to the program.

"There are very few musical artists as accomplished and talented as Jewel," said NBC president for alternative and late-night programming Paul Telegdy. "Her addition to 'The Sing-Off' judges panel, along with our stellar team of Shawn Stockman and Ben Folds, raises the showmanship of the series up another notch. The musical credentials of Nick Lachey are extraordinary, and his continued contributions to the show as host remain a huge asset."

"I am so thrilled to welcome Jewel to our expert musical panel," executive producer Mark Burnett added.

This isn't Jewel's first gig as a music-competition judge. Along with Kara DioGuardi, the singer hosted and judged Bravo's "Platinum Hit," and she also served as a co-host for "Nashville Star."

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